Conservation Connection Forum

fancy_tree.jpgConservation Connection Forum update!

The forum is taking shape and we are very pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker, Dave Fraser of the Ministry of Environment, who will be speaking about the new conservation framework.

The Forum will feature sessions on fundraising, volunteering, local food issues, wetlands best management practices, the green by-laws toolkit, climate change and marine ecosystems.


We encourage you to register by Friday September 5th, by calling the office at 250-995-2428 or register online by clicking here.

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Urban Forest Stewardship Initiative Mapping Report available for download

The Urban Forest Stewardship Initiative Mapping Report is available for download!  The Tree Cover and Impervious Surface mapping compares orthophotos from 1986 to photos from 2005 to determine where changes in tree cover and impervious surface have occured in Greater Victoria.  The full report and an executive summary are available.  Click here to download the report, or for more information about urban forests and the Urban Forest Stewardship Initiative Mapping Report.

Tree cover in Greater Victoria

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Conservation Connection Presenters

The line up for the Conservation Connection Forum is quickly taking shape! Dave Fraser, Endangered Species Specialist, Ministry of Environment, will speak on the new Conservation Framework, Nikki Wright will be on a panel discussing the state of aquatic conservation, and eelgrass monitoring and restoration, and Judith Cullington will speak on Wetlands Best Management Practices. There will also be presentations on fundraising, and attracting and managing volunteers. More news will be coming soon. For more information or to register for the Forum, click here.

Conservation Connection 2007

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Organic Islands Festival

HAT and Garry Oakley attended this year's Islands Organic Festival at Glendale Gardens. Thousands of people enjoyed the music and exhibits geared towards a sustainable future. Garry Oakley barked: "There were so many tree huggers, I had to leaf early!" Despite an unfortunate incident involving a dog, Garry enjoyed the event thanks to several helpings of compost supplied by eager children

organic fest canoeing with garry oakley

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Have you seen a Turtle?

Professional biologists Kristina Ovaska (pictured here at Magic Lake, Pender Island) and Christian Engelstoft are working with Todd Carnahan at HAT on a Species at Risk Outreach Project sponsored by Environment Canada. We're looking for the rare and endangered Western Painted Turtle on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. We are particularly interested in turtles found on land up to 300 metres from their aquatic habitats. Turtles on land are females looking for sandy nesting sites. Basking features like emergent logs and rocks in ponds, wetlands, or lakes are also critical habitat sites we hope to protect through this project. If you've seen a turtle recently, we'd love to hear from you! Please send turtle photos and its location to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Todd at 250.995.2428.

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